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Image: The Biacore T200 used for single-cycle kinetic surface plasmon resonance (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).

Link Discovered Between Strep Infections and Blood Type

There are many different types of Streptococcal infection, from mild sore throats to deadly infections of the blood or organs and repeated infections can lead to chronic conditions, such as rheumatic heart disease. More...
27 Apr 2017
Image: The fluorescent signal demonstrated by the Specific High Sensitivity Enzymatic Reporter UnLOCKing (SHERLOCK) system using CRISPR-Cas (Photo courtesy of the Broad Institute).

Sensitive NA Detection Aids Pathogen Diagnoses

Rapid, inexpensive, and sensitive nucleic acid detection may aid point-of-care pathogen detection, genotyping, and disease monitoring, and can be used to diagnose infections, such as Zika and dengue, with a high level of sensitivity. More...
26 Apr 2017
Image: Indirect fluorescent antibody test for Toxoplasma gondii, diffuse staining is considered positive (Photo courtesy of SPL).

New Immunoassay Evaluated for Toxoplasmosis

The infection by Toxoplasma gondii, an obligate intracellular parasite, is generally benign but can be particularly severe during pregnancy, leading to malformations of the fetus or a series of complications in the newborn. More...
25 Apr 2017
Image: A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) processing card for the BD Max molecular diagnostics platform (Photo courtesy of BD Diagnostic Systems).

Bacterial Panel Detects Stool Pathogens from Swabs

Repeated bouts of diarrhea and persistent diarrheal disease disrupt intestinal function and absorption, making diarrheal disease a leading cause of malnutrition in children less than 5 years of age. Importantly, diarrheal disease is both treatable when correctly diagnosed and preventable via proper infection control measures. More...
25 Apr 2017
Image: The cobas TaqScreen WNV test: a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect West Nile virus (WNV) RNA in plasma from blood, organ and tissue donor (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Routine Donor Screening Revealed Acute Usutu Virus

Usutu virus (USUV) an Old World flavivirus included in the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) antigenic complex is transmitted by mosquitoes to birds that act as the main amplifying hosts, while humans are considered incidental or dead-end hosts. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: The FilmArray multiplex polymerase chain reaction system used for point-of -care diagnosis of acute respiratory diseases (Photo courtesy of bioMérieux).

Novel Flu Test Developed to Speed Up Treatment

A novel way of using a swab test has been developed which can rapidly diagnose influenza and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions, resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: The Chagas Stat-Pak rapid test for the diagnosis of Chagas disease (Photo courtesy of Chembio).

Rapid Tests Conclusively Diagnose Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is caused by infection with the Trypanosoma cruzi that are generally transmitted by triatomine vectors that are endemic to the Americas. It affects several million people and severe cardiac and/or digestive complications occur in about 30% of the chronically infected patients. More...
19 Apr 2017


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